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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ordering plants off eBay...good or bad idea?

Is ordering plants off eBay a good or bad idea? Dont want to open a box of dead plants, so let me know what you think or where you guys get your plants
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Start a WTB thread here. This is the best place to get plants.

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Re: Ordering plants off eBay...good or bad idea?

Aquabid is also a good source of plants
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 12:42 AM
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This forum or Aquabid. I wouldn't bother with ebay as most of the sellers on there are from overseas and it's a crapshoot whether customs opens and destroys your package (or puts you on some watchlist). Any US seller on Aquabid is great though, as is everyone on this forum. Post a WTB in the WTB/RAOK section if you're looking for something and chances are tons of people here have it.
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Re: Ordering plants off eBay...good or bad idea?

Agree with the above. If you are planning on getting a lot of plants right away aquarium plants.com is good. Just got plants from them a few weeks ago. Shipping is high if only getting a few plants but can do well if ordering a large amount. Also my experience with their customer service was good, I had a few plants missing from my order, they sent them out the next week no questions asked and no additional shipping cost.

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If the plants are coming from over seas, Id say there is a larger chance they might be dead. Not to mention going through customs and what not. I ordered pinnafold from Japan during winter. It came out dead (what was I thinking?). Besides that aquabid or even better, right here.

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Agree with the above. If you are planning on getting a lot of plants right away aquarium plants.com is good. Just got plants from them a few weeks ago. Shipping is high if only getting a few plants but can do well if ordering a large amount. Also my experience with their customer service was good, I had a few plants missing from my order, they sent them out the next week no questions asked and no additional shipping cost.

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+1 for Aquariumplants .com.... I've used them a few times for big orders and haven't been let down yet. They don't have much rare stuff but they do have a large variety.

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Plantedaquariumscentral. I just received a large order from them. Beautiful stuff and shipped very fast. Other than that, I get them here.

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I buy all my plants here. I actually dislike to purchase from ebay etc since you generally get less for your money. I'd rather support the hobbyist than some random guy trying to multiply plants as a business.
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I'd rather support the hobbyist than some random guy trying to multiply plants as a business.
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As said, over sea's stuff doesn't arrive live, iv'e had good experience with US seller's though.

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I buy all my plants here. I actually dislike to purchase from ebay etc since you generally get less for your money. I'd rather support the hobbyist than some random guy trying to multiply plants as a business.
+1 same here
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I made the mistake of ordering Christmas moss off eBay. Its been two months and its just starting to recover. That and I'm still not real sure its actually Christmas moss. The plus side is that when I took it out of quarantine and it hit the big tank with lots of light and co2 I found some kind of hitch hikers that are starting to loom pretty good. Hopefully they will be big enough to identify soon.

Yay free plants!

I still wouldn't buy from them again.
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Honestly, I've never seen anything on ebay that I thought was worth purchasing. I feel their portions are too small for the price. Here on the forums, you get higher quality plants, and you can check out the sellers tanks and read about their growing experiences.
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I buy all my plants here.
As do i but actually look at the tank journals to see if they come from beautifully scape tanks that come from lots of care and attention... or emersed money tanks that are basically cash cows bred for $.

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I actually dislike to purchase from ebay etc since you generally get less for your money. I'd rather support the hobbyist than some random guy trying to multiply plants as a business.
Many folks here also sell on aquabid and ebay so i really wouldnt go by that alone. Just know who you are dealing with and what you are purchasing. They say right on the first post of the sale forum, buyer beware... which pretty much pertains to anything online.

One of the driving forces behind starting up a new york community was to swap plants and bypass all the shipping. There's something to be said about knowing the human side of the hobby and making this less of a transactional thing...

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